Saidy, S. (2023). Transformative potential of group dream work: A phenomenological study [Unpublished Master’s thesis]. Alef Trust & Liverpool John Moores University.

This phenomenological qualitative study investigated the lived experience of the participants unpacking their dreams and dreams of others in a group setting. None of the existing studies focus on the phenomenon of transformation for the individual group members. The aim of the present study was to understand the transformative potential of group dream work. The research question to be answered was: What is the transformative potential of unpacking a dream in a group setting? A new online dream group was formed with four participants who worked on their dreams together with me in six sessions. The Dream Tending method was applied as the underlying foundation for group dream work. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant to understand the lived experience of working on their dreams and the dreams of others in the group. A multitude of detailed experiences were described by the participants. Four themes emerged after a transcendental phenomenological analysis was applied: a) gratitude, b) deep and meaningful experience, c) sense of oneness and interconnectedness, and d) transformation. Participants generally found the experience positive although a few negative experiences were observed. The conclusion made is that dream groups have the potential to contribute to the positive transformation of the individual group members.

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